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Felony Defense Attorneys of Tennessee

Let Best Hayduk Brock Help Protect Your Future

In Tennessee, a felony is defined as a crime punishable by at least one year in state prison. Facing a possible felony charge can be intimidating, and having the advice and support of a lawyer is essential. With a number of 10.0 Superb Avvo-rated legal professionals on our team, Best Hayduk Brock is the firm you want on your side when it comes to protecting your future. Call today to schedule your free consultation with our firm.

Dial (423) 829-1043 now or contact our team online to learn more about how our felony defense lawyers in Chattanooga can help you.

What Defines a Felony?

While misdemeanors are treated more like dumb mistakes a person might make, felonies are considered much more serious. Once you have a felony on your record, it can become much more difficult to find employment and housing, so it is important that you get the help of experienced lawyers to help you fight for your rights.

The Tennessee state criminal code has declared the following as felonies:

  • Grand theft (stolen goods worth $500+)
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Murder

As you can see, while all the above crimes are more serious than a misdemeanor, not all felonies are considered equal. For this reason, the state criminal code gives felonies a letter designation of A (most serious) through E. While a Class E conviction can carry a one-year prison term, a Class A conviction could carry a prison term of up to 60 years.

The Tennessee felony pre-trial process includes:

  • Investigation by law enforcement to establish probable cause. Probable cause is defined as reasonable grounds for belief of guilt.
  • Gathering evidence of the crime. Sometimes, this will require a warrant, but if you agree to a search, a warrant will not be required.
  • Arresting the alleged felon and reading them their rights, including the right to remain silent and the right to legal counsel.
  • Arraignment within three days of arrest. At an arraignment, a defendant enters their plea, and the judge will determine the sum of the defendant’s bail if applicable.

Guilty, Not-Guilty & No Contest

The State of Tennessee allows three possible pleas. A guilty plea is a direct admission that the defendant committed the crime. A not-guilty plea is a direct denial of guilt. However, by pleading no contest, the defendant does not admit guilt—they simply indicate they do not dispute the facts of the case, and it is left to the court to determine the penalty.

Let Best Hayduk Brock Stand Up for Your Rights

Felony convictions don’t only mean likely time in prison and other immediate penalties. They also substantially affect the individual’s future for years to come. Convicted felons in Tennessee face the loss of the right to vote, the loss of firearm rights, and other significant disadvantages. With so much at stake, it is vital to ensure you have the most qualified and committed attorneys possible. We at Best Hayduk Brock treat our clients with respect while working aggressively to maintain their rights in court. Every defendant in this country has the right to a fair trial.

Please contact Best Hayduk Brock for a free case consultation. Available 24/7 (423) 829-1043.

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To address your individual concerns as well as your legal issues. To answer all of your questions thoroughly and honestly as they come up. To aggressively defend your rights and interests to the best of our ability within the rules of ethics and the law.”

- Best Hayduk Brock
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